Helping develop ideas in to new local businesses is the core goal of the new StartUp Ballarat program.
The program will provide support, education and physical space for Ballarat entrepreneurs to transform their ideas in to a fully-fledged enterprise.
The program officially launched on Thursday at Platypus Coworking space, with a program of meet-ups and co-working trials set and plans for masterclasses, hackathons and workshops in the pipeline for next year.
LaunchVic provided funding to the City of Ballarat to manage the StartUp Ballarat program.
LaunchVic chief executive Kate Cornick said startups were among the largest contributors to job creation in Australia, significantly growing their contribution to the Australian economy over the last five years.
“Ninety-seven per cent of Victorian startups are based in the Melbourne CBD, so our focus is to expand the opportunities for startups to be created anywhere in Victoria with the right support and ecosystem,” she said.
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